Skip to the content
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

2020 Growth and Infrastructure Policy

On November 16, 2020, the Montgomery County Council approved the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy (formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy). The Council’s approval follows 18 work sessions, a public hearing and 17 months of work by Montgomery Planning and the Planning Board to work with stakeholders to update one of the most important policies in the county. Key revisions in the 2020-2024 update include:

  • Eliminating residential development moratoria.
  • Requiring developers of new housing to make Utilization Premium Payments (UPP) in areas with overcrowded schools.
  • Modifying the calculation and applicability of development impact taxes.
  • Changing the name of the policy to “Growth and Infrastructure Policy.”
  • Designating neighborhoods by School Impact Areas, which are characterized by the amount and type of residential development they experience and its impact on school enrollment.
  • Incorporating Vision Zero concepts in transportation adequacy reviews.
  • Eliminating the motor vehicle adequacy test in areas around Metro rail stations and future Purple Line stations.

View the 2020-2024 Council Approved Growth and Infrastructure Policy.

View the 2020-2024 Council Approved Growth and Infrastructure Policy At-a-Glance.

Actualización 2020-2024 de la política de crecimiento e infraestructura de un vistazo.

View the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy Web Map.


  • September 2019
    Planning Board Briefing – SSP Overview
  • October 2019
    Community Workshop
  • February–March 2020
    Planning Board Briefings – Transportation, Schools and Growth Status and Trends
  • May 28, 2020
    Planning Board Briefings on Staff Recommendations
  • June 11, 2020
    Public Hearing
  • June–July 2020
    Planning Board Work Sessions on Public Hearing Draft
  • July 30, 2020
    Planning Board Draft and Resolution
  • Fall 2020
    County Council Review
  • November 16, 2020
    County Council Final Action

Staff Contact

Darcy Buckley

Lisa Govoni